Newsletter 30.11.2020

Issue 38


Event Calendar

December 2021
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From the Principal

With COVID restrictions easing further, we are now able to be more welcoming of parents back on the school site. We are also now able to provide school tours – though this is obviously a little too late. Thank you for your patience and support with COVID restrictions over the year, without your understanding it would have been very difficult to manage the expectations of health and education officials.

I would like to remind you that Tuesday 8th December is the state-wide transition day. On that day children will spend the day in their 2021 classes – including the 2021 foundation children. Yr.6 children who will be in Yr. 7 next year will likely have the day at their chosen secondary school, though refer to communications from the secondary school to confirm that. Current Yr. 6 children will not be required at Yackandandah Primary School on the transition day. We will inform children which class, teacher and room they will be in on the Monday before the transition day.

Many classes have conducted parent-teacher discussions already. Reports will be sent home in the final week of school. Remember that Thursday 17th and Friday 18th December are pupil free days.

Michael Edwards

From the Office

Year 3/4/5/6 Big Day Out
The ‘Big Day Out’ is this Friday – If you haven’t yet returned your permission form or made payment could you please do so.  Thank you.

End of Year Pool Parties
Each class will be walking to the Yackandandah Pool during the last week of school for their end of year pool parties.  Classes will be attending on the following days:

Year 1/2          Tuesday 15th December        10am to 12 noon.

Year 3/4          Tuesday 15th December        12 noon to 2pm

Foundation      Wednesday 16th December    12 noon to 2pm

Year 4/5/6       Wednesday 16th December    12 noon to 2pm

Cost is $3 per student unless pool membership is held.  Permission forms have been sent home tonight and need to be returned to school with payment by Monday 7th December.  If membership is held please indicate on the form.

Year 5 and Year 6 Netbooks
The second and final payment of $200 for the Year 5 student’s netbooks is now due and needs to be paid by Friday 11th December.  Year 6 students who would like to purchase the net book may do so for $150.00.  Information has been sent home with the students tonight.

Achievement Awards

Lachie Korn for excellent application and effort in maths this week.
Ruby O’Dwyer for terrific application of the compensation strategy to win our class Kahoot.
Ella Owers for being a wonderful team leader in Science this week.
Peter Kellaway for showing a high level of persistence with our routine spelling activities.
Lenny Graham for showing initiative with our length activity in the playground.
Alfie Bayne for writing a very thoughtful personal reflection for a poem.
Lara Bebbington for writing a very thoughtful personal reflection for a poem.
Max Edwardes for his insightful contributions to our drama text discussions.
Indie Barker-Powell for maintaining a positive attitude to school and her learning.
Emma Pinard for always keeping her bookwork tidy and beautifully maintained.
Manu Quaglio for sharing his maths understanding so clearly.
Nyssa Overall for showing amazing independent work habits.
Maeve Van Duinen for always completing her written work at a high standard.
Felix Anderson for successfully sounding out unknown words when reading in class.
Elijah Leane for trying his best to copy and write sentences every day this week.
Olive MacCalman for conscientious effort in putting together your poetry anthology.
Wil McCormack for showing initiative and working co-operatively with his class mates.
Phia Smith-Deans for independently creating a shape poem on the computer.

Art News

Artwork of the week

1/2 and their Curious Creatures and Wild Minds.

By Phia Smith-Deans

Zoe Blair

Grace O'Dwyer

Billie McInerney

Will Maybury

Lily Schultz

Hot Lunch News

Our final hot lunch for the year is this Friday and we are having pizza from the Star Hotel.

A big thank you to the Star Hotel for providing this lunch free of charge.

Helpers for this Friday are Hannah Glanville (Foodshare) and Ashlee MacCalman, Mark Schmidt & Lorraine Spargo (Friday).

The Year 3/4/5/6 students will be on their 'Big Day Out'.

Thank you to all the local businesses who have prepared the delicious lunches for us and to the parents who have volunteered their time. 


New Coordinator 
We are excited to announce Siobhan Moore as the new coordinator of OSHC as of January 2021. Siobhan is a familiar face to many and is an amazing asset to OSHC service. 

We wish Laura, Lachie and Jordan all the best for next year as they commence their teaching careers.

iParent Portal
Thank you to the parents who have signed up to the iParent Portal and are now managing their OSHC bookings.

If you haven’t yet done so, please click on the link below to create an iParent Portal account. You will not need to create a new enrolment for your child, creating an account will allow you to see and manage your bookings.

A link was sent to new 2021 families last week to enable them to enrol their children into OSHC for next year through the iParent Portal and iEnrol. The link to the enrolment form is below if you missed receiving the email.

Pupil Free Days
OSHC will be operating on Thursday 17th December and Friday 18th December.  Please make bookings through the iParent portal or the school office. 

January Vacation Care
Vacation Care will be operating during the school holidays from Monday 11th January 2021 to Wednesday 28th January 2021 except for Tuesday 26th January (Australia Day Public Holiday).

Bookings can be made through the iParent Portal or the school office.  2021 Foundation students are able to attend Vacation Care.

Please click on the link below to view the Vacation Care Program.  Costs will be confirmed in next week's newsletter.

Library News

In The Library
Last week, Foundation and the Year 1/ 2’s began working on some simple recycled paper Christmas decorations to take home. We used wallpaper sample books and pages from old books from the Library. We will finish them off this week. It’s been a lot of fun, but quite challenging for some with tracing and cutting. Some practice over the summer holidays tracing a range of objects and cutting along the lines would be a great, simple activity for kids to work on those basic skills.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to start our Black Out Poetry activity, as the Statewide Transition Day falls on Tuesday next week (no Library!), so our term has been cut short. Tomorrow will be our last Library session for 2020. Sadly, I’ll say farewell to the Year 2’s as they move onwards and upwards, but in 2021 I will continue to teach Library sessions once a fortnight to the new round of Foundation, Year 1 & 2’s.

End of Year – Returning Books
As the end of term draws nearer, some of your children might bring home an A4 sheet of paper with a list of books that are overdue or due to be returned to the Library. It would be fantastic if you could please ask your child/ren about their Library books and assist them in finding and returning them to school. They can be returned any day of the school week and given to their classroom teacher. They do not need to wait for their Library day. Thank you!

New Books
We were recently lucky enough to be able to use some of our school Scholastic points to purchase more new books for the Library. These will be ready for borrowing in the new year, and include a set of full colour, hardcover Dogman and Captain Underpants books; Bad Guys 12; Wings of Fire series; graphic novels by Raina Telgemeier; Minecraft; and many more.

A big thank you to Florian Whitley and family for donating four books in the Teen Power Inc series by Emily Rodda.

There is more treasure in books, than in all the pirates loot on Treasure Island  -  Walt Disney

Sarah McAlister


Junior School Council - Gum Tree Pie Fundraiser

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